Is Bioware to EA the same as Blizzard to Activision?

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#51 Posted by jakob187 (22786 posts) -

I think people keep forgetting (or just not being informed at all) that Generals 2 is being developed by Bioware Victory, which is NOT the same CORE Bioware that was know who makes all these other products like Mass Effect and such.

People DO know that Bioware is more than just one studio, right?

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#52 Posted by Vorbis (2762 posts) -
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#53 Posted by ColinWright (754 posts) -
@jakob187: Nobody does, apparently.  
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#54 Edited by deerokus (833 posts) -
@Vorbis: Well, sort of.  Both Blizzard and Activision are subsidiaries of the holding company Acitivision Blizzard, which was formed by the merger of Activision and Vivendi Games.  That company is itself majority owned by Vivendi (the conglomerate which owns Universal Music, Canal + etc.), and has Vivendi guys on the board (the Chairman of Vivendi is the Chairman of Activision Blizzard) .  Kotick is CEO of that holding company, so ultimately it's an Activision guy in charge of Blizzard, but Blizzard are not really 'owned' by Activision in that sense, they're two distinct companies under one umbrella. 

Corporate structures like this are quite complex, to say the least.  As any fule kno, of course, Vivendi started out as the public water company for Lyon.
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#55 Posted by Mikemcn (8002 posts) -

I'm trying to think of another industry where the underdog does everything in its power to completely mimic its competitors products as closely as possible. I can't think of any. It's like EA is producing Iphone knockoffs. At least the games EA makes are generally pretty good.

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#56 Posted by Subjugation (4905 posts) -

@raiz265 said:

@Subjugation said:

Why am I getting the distinct impression that I'm one of the only people that enjoyed Generals?

Huh?

It was quite popular, I don't get what you're talking about.

That's what I thought, but the responses in this thread make it seem like everyone treats it like garbage. I really liked the different generals and the different play styles they brought.

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#57 Posted by Falk (122 posts) -

@Mikemcn: @Mikemcn said:

I'm trying to think of another industry where the underdog does everything in its power to completely mimic its competitors products as closely as possible. I can't think of any. It's like EA is producing Iphone knockoffs. At least the games EA makes are generally pretty good.

EA making an RTS is nothing new.

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#58 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

Does everything have to be directly comparable and parallel?

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#59 Posted by Firepaw (2988 posts) -

I don't get where exactly you're coming from? It is Bioware Victory who consists of (mostly?) ex-EALA guys (you know, the ones who made Command & Conquer before) who is making the game. Not the Bioware who makes Mass Effect and/or Dragon Age. And EA have always been making RTS games, it's not like they are trying to break into the genre like with The Old Republic.

Also the first Generals was awesome, easily in my top 10 RTS games, maybe even a bit higher...?

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